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Middle Grade Maker Book Club

Timing is everything – right? It isn’t often that the exact book you need is published exactly when you need it! Many of us are engaged in providing all types of maker spaces and maker programs from low-tech legos to … Continue reading

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LEGO Minecraft!

You don’t need a server to enjoy Minecraft programming at your library! I purchased Minecraft for the PC years ago and with its recent resurgence, I thought, what would make a better tween LEGO club theme than a video game … Continue reading

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Taking Advantage of Space and Time!

 As it gets colder and we start to plan 2014 Summer Reading, two of my favorite memories of the 2013 Summer Reading program pop into my head. As the Director of Family Engagement at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, … Continue reading

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Common Core at Curriculum Night

It was curriculum night at a local Tukwila elementary school – with a focus on Common Core State Standards! I was excited to go! As a public librarian, I’m always trying to figure out how I can be supportive and … Continue reading

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School (Language Arts) and sucking the fun out of reading.

I’m a school librarian. I teach my students research tools and skills, how to be better searchers, and more critical consumers of information. I support instruction, I give lots of book-talks, I make sure teachers know about important books.  It … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s a Superhero Training Academy!

Superheroes are everywhere, from the blockbuster movies we see to the ever-popular Halloween costumes for both children and adults. There are even dedicated days to these comic book crusaders, such as Free Comic Book Day and San Diego Comic Con. Superheroes can … Continue reading

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Tween Make Week

This January at ALA Midwinter my colleague and I attended the Maker Monday sessions to gather inspiration and ideas to implement into our current program offerings. Our library had already introduced a Digital Media Lab to patrons, but not many kids … Continue reading

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Sharing the Caldecott Experience

After finding out I was appointed to the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Committee, I wanted to share the picture books I’d be receiving with the children I served at the Kettering-Moraine Branch Library (Dayton Metro Library system) in Kettering, Ohio. I … Continue reading

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